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Elevated Triglycerides And Cancer Diagnosis
No: There were concerns decades ago about Clofibrate but they came to nothing. I searched the nih database for the past 20 years and found nothing, and it makes no sense biologically. If it did, the research piranhas would have grabbed it up -- it's all about trying to discover and prove something. The fibrates have saved many, many lives and i would not be concerned. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However , those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134,212/ ...Read more
High, get checked.: If this is your first result showing high blood psa, you should see your doctor to get worked up to be sure it isn't prostate cancer. Other things, like prostate hypertrophy, can give high psa, but there are different results on dre (digital rectal exam) than cancer. The prostate would be firm, smooth, and rubbery, not rough and irregular. But you don't know unless you get checked, so see dr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that an ANA of 1/80 in of itself is not worrisome. Do you have any symptoms? Were other tests done, if yes, what were the results. ANA is not a marker for cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Do elevated basophils by themselves indicate cancer of the blood or must other factors and test results coincide with the basophilia?
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual results. In short, high basophil count is not diagnostic of cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have slightly elevated platelets. I read 35pc of people with elevated platelets also have cancer. Is this true? Should i be concerned?
High platelets: That is not true. You will need proper workup to find out the cause of thrombosytosis. Causes are either primary or secondary (also known as reactive). Iron deficiency is a common cause and jak-2 mutation driven condition et is also a common cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How common is it for gastrointestinal cancers to cause an elevated CEA level? Is this even a meaningful test? Does it correlate w/a prognostic factor?
Not for screening: A great many smokers have somewhat elevated CEA, and cancer patients with very high CEA will usually have their cancers spotted by ordinary methods. Every one of the serum tumor markers has proved worthless as a screen -- the extra cases they'd pick up are outweighed by the morbidity (not to mention expense) of fishing expeditions searching for most-nonexistent tumors. ...Read more
Fats from animal products contain these molecules which are made of three fat chains attached to a molecule called glycerol. They circulate in the blood stream and are used as building blocks and repair materials by your cells. Too many of them can contribute to plaque build ...Read more
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